3 common mistakes that are made when planning corporate awards ceremonies / by Logan Lenz

Planning a corporate awards ceremony can take a lot of time and effort. As your event is work-related, it’s likely you’re going to want to impress and portray your company in the best possible light. However, it’s all too easy to fall victim to a number of mistakes. Let’s have a look at three common mistakes and how you can avoid them when you’re organising your next awards function.

1. Hiring an inappropriate venue

Where you choose to hold your ceremony is one of the most important factors. Before you even consider specific venues, you will need to establish how many guests are likely to attend. Having at least a rough idea of how many people will  turn up should enable you to determine the size of venue you’ll need, meaning you don’t choose one that is either too big or too small. The location of the ceremony should be given some careful consideration too. It is vital to find a place that is positioned in a convenient setting. For example, a venue that is close to a motorway may be beneficial to your guests, especially if they will be travelling from afar to attend.

2. Choosing an irrelevant host

Hiring a host for your awards ceremony is a great way to keep your guests engaged and entertained throughout the evening. However, selecting a presenter who isn’t relevant for the occasion may leave your attendees less than impressed. Think about what type of speaker your audience will want to listen to. For example, you may want to hire a motivational speaker to uplift and inspire or perhaps a comedian to add an element of humour. You could go one step further and also arrange for a band or entertainer to perform during or after the ceremony. Finding suitable acts is easy too. Talent booking agencies such as NMP Live offer a whole plethora of personalities, musicians and politicians so you shouldn’t struggle to find a suitable host for your evening.

3. Having too many awards

It’s likely that many of your attendees will be nominated for an award. While you may be tempted to cram in as many gongs as possible, this could make the evening last for much longer than you anticipated, leaving your audience looking at their watches. So, to keep your event concise and to the point, try to limit how many you give out. This will also make receiving an award more exclusive and exciting for your winners.

So, before you start planning your next corporate awards ceremony, keep these three mistakes in mind to help ensure your event goes as smoothly as possible.